Jul 22, 2015
time to time we’re asked about lesser known places to fish, where a guest can
expect to see very few, if any, people in a full day’s fishing. Fortunately, with the Henry’s Fork, South
Fork and Madison being so famous, they overshadow many other fine waters not
far from the Lodge. Here are a few we
Canyon on the Henry’s Fork
one the guides know well and can take you to on a guide trip. It’s about 15 miles south of the Lodge and
can be floated in an inflatable boat or raft.
It takes a steep walk down to the river, but once there you will
experience beauty and solitude as you float down through a canyon with no roads, houses or other signs of
civilization. Both rainbows and browns,
some very large ones, come to the fly, especially during salmonfly season.
is another river floatable with a guide.
It is most famous for being the site of the Teton Dam collapse – a
catastrophic failure and flood in 1976 – but less known for its population of
large cutthroats and some browns. It’s
canyon water interspersed with slow-moving pools. The guide trips here are limited and the
access is very difficult for do-it-yourself anglers, so you will enjoy a quiet
is the same river described above, but its character is entirely
different. It’s a largely spring-fed
stream flowing through a beautiful pastoral setting in the Teton Valley, about
50 miles from the Lodge. Broad and
fairly shallow, it might be considered a mini Henry’s Fork. Wadeable in many places, it has classic dry
fly fishing to sizable rainbows and cutthroats. Fishing usually begins in late June and is at
its best in that early part of the season and again in September. Island Park guides are just now learning this
part of the river, but it can be fished with a guide or on your own.
beautiful mountain stream largely ignored except where it flows near a road or
through a campground, the Warm River is a terrific place for beginners. This is the place to take young kids! The uppermost sections are within 15 miles of
the Lodge, small enough to be negotiated without waders and offer hordes of
small brookies. Kids and adults alike
marvel at the jewel-like beauty of these eager and easy-to-catch fish. Below the influx of water gushing from Warm
River Springs the river becomes somewhat bigger as do the fish, now mostly
rainbows. The river flows through
forested country to its confluence with the Henry’s Fork, about 20 miles from
will tell you about other waters – there are many nearby – in a later
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